Friday, March 27, 2015


It's been four or five years since the last "big year", but I finally got word that wild morel mushrooms had been spotted in Wimberley. I actually danced around the house squealing "OMG! OMG! OMG!" upon hearing the news. Apparently, you need a nice wet winter for them to pop up, and that's something we don't get very often around here.

The friend who alerted me (I can't tell you who or where) was kind enough to let me come over to pick a few. I felt kinda bad, 'cause she didn't have all that many, but I just couldn't resist the thrill of the hunt! I took Hubby along for the ride, since he has never experienced this before. Those few minutes were all it took for the foraging bug to be imbedded, for he spent most of the next afternoon doing this at our place.

Alas, no morels spotted here. But we do have asparagus!

Now it's time for my disclaimer. As you know, picking the wrong mushroom can be quite deadly. I always swore I'd never take that risk, and 'though I eventually caved, I do not take it lightly. My friend and I have both done our research. Morels are fairly unique and there are definite traits that set it apart from false morels, but there is always a risk. I highly recommend going with a very experienced forager until you know exactly what you are doing!

Anywho, lucky for me, Hubby had other plans last night, and I didn't have to share my bounty!

Just as well, as there really wasn't enough for two. Plus, it's one thing to take a chance on making yourself sick. But when it comes to risking another's health? Well now, that's a whole 'nuther ball o' wax!

If you are ever blessed with the gift of some safety-guaranteed morels, here is what you should do with them. First of all, you must cook them. They are not a mushroom to be eaten raw. There are many different ways to cook them. Some recipes include herbs, shallots and wine. Others involve a good dollop of cream. But, for your first taste of morels, I recommend something simple that lets the full force of their natural flavor shine through.

(10 - 12 side dish servings)

1 lb. fresh morels
all-purpose flour
1/2 c. butter
sea salt

Place mushrooms in bowl. Cover with water and a dash of salt. Soak 10-15 minutes. Drain, rinse, repeat twice. (this gets rid of all the little buggies and such)

Pat mushrooms dry. Trim stem ends if necessary. Slice lengthwise in half (quarter if large). Toss with flour to coat.

In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter on medium. Cook mushrooms 3-4 minutes, gently stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve warm.

Now I'm off to see if I can't find this film on Netflix!

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Our neighbors down the street got some goats last year, and this year, they had babies! 

Now, I have a thing for baby goats -- pretty much any baby goats. But these? These are extra special. Why? Because they're fainting goats!

If you've never heard of fainting goats, then you need to watch this.

You have no idea what a struggle it has been, to keep my hubby from trying to sneak up on one and yell "BOO!"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


What about you? What's on your spring to-do list?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


One of my very first artistic attempts was a little to-do list that I made shortly after moving here to the Hill Country. For some unknown reason, I got a wild notion that it needed illustrations. Those first attempts were pretty pitiful, but I got better over time. Alas, once I discovered on-line art classes and art journaling, those to-do lists fell by the wayside. I did, however, save them all in a notebook, for they are a great reminder of the thrill and adventure of those first five years at Seasonality, as we learned what it meant to be living the good life. Hope you will enjoy this glimpse at some of my "spring" to-do lists. (I apologize for the blur, which was a result of blowing them up large enough for you to actually read my handwriting.)

Stay tuned! I'll post a few more tomorrow.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


I no longer pull out all the stops when it comes to seasonal and holiday decorating, the way I did when there were small children in the house. It got to be a chore to lug it all out and pack it away again a few weeks later. Plus, there just isn't room in this little house to store it all. Still, I can't ignore the coming of spring completely, now can I?

And so, I held on to a few of my very favorite things -- to add just a touch of spring cheer, here and there.

Know what's really odd?

As it turns out, I seem to get more pleasure from these few things, than I did from wall-to-wall Easter!